Three arrested for murder, theft

DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 18 (MExN): Dimapur Police have arrested three persons in connection with the murder of an auto driver, Gulya Ahmed, whose body was recovered on February 7. A press note from Dimapur Police informed that they recovered the stolen autorickshaw, driven by the victim, from Nihoto Colony. The accused have been identified as Hussain Ali, Feroz Shah and Rahul Ali. On interrogation, the accused admitted to hiring the auto rickshaw on February 6 and strangling the driver near Khughovi village area. After disposing the body, the accused concealed the autorickshaw in the woods near Nihoto village, until a prospective buyer was found.

Police informed that the accused are part of a gang who were earlier arrested on February 9 for hijacking a Manipur bound truck and abducting the driver and handyman for ransom.

The accused also admitted to kidnapping at gunpoint and assaulting another auto driver, Rupal Biswas, on February 5 at Eralibil, near Garo Baptist Church. The accused admitted to looting the victim of Rs 1200, his mobile handset and one spare tyre of the auto rickshaw. The gang is also involved in a number of other serious crimes in Dimapur, informed police.